Thumbs up for island fuel station

Argyll and Bute Council

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A new community fuel station on Tiree is a step closer to reality.

The proposal by Tiree Enterprises Ltd for the site at Crossapol, on land to the east of MacLeod’s Store, was given the thumbs up by Argyll and Bute Council.

No representations were received from members of the public to the proposed development, which will see an unmanned petrol station built and monitored from the store.

Two underground tanks, and one overground diesel tank, form part of the plans.

A council planning officer said in the report that the site was adjacent to the B8065 public road near the Tiree Community Business Island Centre.

The site is bounded to the west by MacLeod’s Store, a long-established retail outlet, and to the north and east is a vast expanse of flat, undeveloped land, said the report.

The standalone, unmanned fuel station will be monitored from the shop and remotely via a camera system which includes a tannoy system to allow contact to be made with patrons on the forecourt.

The plans also include an automatic number plate recognition system, linked to the payment terminal network.

The planning officer added said it represented an essential infrastructure project.